Alabama Bicentennial Schools – An Invitation to Homeschool Families

Alabama Bicentennial Schools

Alabama Bicentennial: Educate & Celebrate

The Alabama Bicentennial takes place on December 14, 2019! Commemoration of this special event began in 2017 and continues through the end of next year. ALABAMA 200 is a helpful resource for facts pertaining to statehood, educator materials, and community involvement.

Turning 200 years old is cause for celebration. However, Alabama did not achieve its many accomplishments by looking only to the past. Profound events in history were made possible by Alabamians actively working toward a better future for themselves and their state.

The Civil Rights movement had its roots in Montgomery. Our state also made possible the first rocket to put humans on the moon and the first open heart surgery in the Western Hemisphere. We are also proud to claim the first Miss America with a disability. Dedicated citizens who believed in a better tomorrow achieved these milestones.


The Alabama Bicentennial Schools program encourages the youth of Alabama to continue looking toward the future by making connections with local communities. The program is open to all students — public, private, and homeschool. More information can be found here.

We are all encouraged to improve the locales we call home. Achieving these goals requires that we go beyond our classrooms, fellowship halls, and kitchen tables. The key is to engage with the people and places around us.


Engagement with our local communities is a core belief at NGCHE. One of the state’s greatest untapped resources is its homeschool families. This labor force is available at a time when most other students must remain on school campuses. In many cases, homeschool parents or adult club volunteers can work alongside their youth. Modeling sacrificial behavior and instilling core values in our young people will serve our state well for lifetimes to come.

If your homeschool covering or co-op would like to become involved in the Alabama Bicentennial School program, we urge you to do so. Contact information can be found here on the Be a Bicentennial School flyer. Staff at the Alabama Bicentennial Office who oversee the program have issued a warm welcome to homeschoolers to take part. Project suggestions are available at the Alabama Bicentennial Schools website. Participants may also come up with their own ideas.

Whether you take part in a community-wide initiative, become involved through a covering or civic group, or just decide to volunteer on your own, set aside some time this spring to get to know your communities and the needs within them. Homeschool families have amazing potential to impact the world for good. Let us heed the call to service and be counted among those leading Alabama forward into a very bright future.

To find out how home educating families from Mobile and Baldwin Counties can serve their communities, stay tuned for the launch of the Northern Gulf Coast Homeschool Service Initiative coming in March.

Alabama Bicentennial Schools

Alabama Bicentennial Schools

© 2018 – Northern Gulf Coast Home Educators

Halloween Healthcare Hauntings

Celebrate Halloween weekend in one of Mobile’s spookiest old homes and support a great cause! The Mobile Medical Museum will host Halloween Healthcare Hauntings, a themed fundraising event, on Saturday, October 28th, from 1 to 4 pm. Regular presale tickets are $11 for adults and $5.50 for children. A limited number of discounted family packages are available on Groupon.Halloween Hauntings poster

From The Mobile Medical Museum Website: “Halloween Healthcare Hauntings is a fun-filled, family-oriented and educational event to raise funds for the museum’s exhibits and programs.

Our special guests will be the ‘ghosts’ of George Washington, Henri de Tonti, Emily Bronte, Marie Curie, and other famous people from history who will tell us how they died of once common causes such as yellow fever, tuberculosis, and bloodletting.

Other activities will include museum tours, yard games, haunted train rides, and a Halloween costume contest. Halloween candy and light refreshments will be provided.”

Homeschool students grades 9-12 are invited to join Northern Gulf Coast Home Educators for our field trip to the museum on Friday, November 3rd. Anatomy & The Medicinal Garden.

The Mobile Medical Museum is located in the Vincent Doan Walsh House at 1664 Springhill Avenue.

© 2017 – Northern Gulf Coast Home Educators

Field Trip: Mobile Medical Museum and the Medicinal Garden

skeleton-2711096_1920Is your student fascinated by human anatomy? How about the history of medicine? Or perhaps a love of medicinal plants? Join us on November 3rd at The Mobile Medical Museum for November’s stop in our Reluctant Science Student series.

Our Reluctant Science Student field trips are intended to give older students who might not be wild about science experiments the hands-on activities they need. But these trips are not limited to just the shy scientists among us. Everyone’s welcome!

Our field trip will start with a tour of the museum. See an array of fascinating medical artifacts including an iron lung; leeches and a blood-letting demonstration; a functioning heart/lung machine used in the first heart bypass surgery in Mobile. The lecture portion of our tour will focus on human anatomy. But there is much to be learned at the Mobile Medical Museum — everything from civil rights to medical equipment to midwifery and pharmacy.

Students will spend time learning about the plants in the museum’s medicinal garden. They will work on medicinal booklets that include recording information on plant species, care, habitat and traditional uses in medicine.

Mobile Medical Museum Tour and the Medicinal Garden
Date & Time: Friday, November 3, 2 PM – 3 PM

Location: The Mobile Medical Museum is located on the campus of USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, just off Springhill Avenue. Turn off Springhill into the hospital’s main entrance (Walshwood St.). Take the first left into the parking lot just past Ronald McDonald House. The Museum is at the end of the driveway behind the parking lot.

Cost: $4 for students and chaperones

Instructions: Meet in the parking lot by 1:45 PM. Due to space constraints, the museum asks for no more than one chaperone per six students. Adults who would like to attend the field trip should indicate their willingness to chaperone when they sign up. However, we may not be able to accommodate all parents.

Suitable for middle and high school. Sixth grade and up, please. Parents with elementary or preschool siblings are encouraged to make other plans for the field trip hour.

As with most of our more academic field trips, a very limited number of tickets are available. If you plan to attend, don’t delay! One person who RSVP’s ahead of time and completes the field trip will win the cost of his or her attendance back at the end of the program. See our Contests & Promotions page for details!

You are also invited to join us for The Bone Lab our December science lab field trip at the Archaeology Museum on the campus of the University of South Alabama.

Sign-up instructions are here.

©Northern Gulf Coast Home Educators, 2017

Old St. Stephens Day – An Alabama Bicentennial Celebration

From 1817-1819, St. Stephens served as the seat of government for what was then theflag-28561_1280 Alabama Territory. This earned St. Stephens the designation “First Capital of Alabama.” The capital would move from St. Stephens to Huntsville, Cahawba, and Tuscaloosa before being permanently located in Montgomery on “Goat Hill” in 1846.

Saturday, October 7, 2017, marks the bicentennial of St. Stephens’ designation as the territorial capital of Alabama. The St. Stephens Historical Park will host “Old St. Stephens Day,” a celebration of the bicentennial featuring demonstrations of traditional arts and skills, historical re-enactments, vendors, food, music and dancing. Enjoy a guided tour of the St. Stephens Archaeological Site. Experience the legacy of Old St. Stephens as the past comes to life around you!

The park is located at 2056 Jim Long Road in St. Stephens, zip code 36569. Old St. Stephens Day begins at 10 AM and ends at 2:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public. For further details, see the park’s website or facebook page.

I am excited and privileged to be one of the historical actors at the Old St. Stephens Day celebration. Lots of hard work is being done to make this unique event a success. Consider this your personal invitation to join us!

© Northern Gulf Coast Home Educators – 2017

From the Alabama 200 website: “Old St. Stephens Day is part of a three-year commemoration of the bicentennials of the Alabama Territory and Alabama’s statehood. Activities and events will happen throughout the state. For a calendar of events and information about how you can participate, visit”